Category Archives: Solo/ Small Firm

I Just Received Mail From the [IRS, FTB, EDD, BOE]. Now What?

Carolyn Lee, Abkin Law Open the envelope Yes, the tax authority will write again if it is important; nonetheless, generally nothing good comes of waiting. (Beginning this year the Franchise…

Marketing & Business Development: Must-Read Resources at the San Francisco Law Library

Andrea Woods The San Francisco Law Library maintains a comprehensive Law Practice Management Collection, with publications that detail all aspects of opening a practice—hanging your shingle, billing, finances, risk management,…

Solo and Small Firm Section Happy Hour

June 2 • E & O Kitchen and Bar A few photos from the recent Solo and Small Firm Section Happy Hour. You can find more photos from the event…

IOLTA Basics: What You Need to Know

Dan Duran and Lorrie Pendleton, First Republic Bank If you are thinking about going solo, make sure you have the appropriate bank accounts set up from the beginning. You will…

The Problem with Unpaid Interns

Sonya Smallets, Minnis & Smallets As summer approaches, many small law firms receive emails from students interested in summer internships. Some students offer to work for free to gain experience….

Starting Your Law Firm: Must-Read Resources at the San Francisco Law Library

Andrea Woods The San Francisco Law Library maintains a comprehensive Law Practice Management (LPM) Collection, with publications that detail all aspects of opening a practice—client relations, billing, marketing, finances, risk…

Seven Tips for Civil Attorneys for When Your Clients Are Under Criminal Investigation

Matt Sullivan Law Office of Matt A. Sullivan Many civil attorneys believe that they have nothing to offer their clients in terms of advice and counsel when it comes to…

Deciding on the Decider: Tips on Arbitrator Selection

Steve Schrey Arbitration can arise in a variety of legal matters facing solo and small firm lawyers, such as in real estate, employment, and construction, or in drafting a dispute…

The Power of Intuitive Awareness

By John O’Grady, O’Grady Law “Beware the Ides of March,” a soothsayer warned Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s famous historical tragedy. But Caesar didn’t heed the seer’s premonition, and on that…

Keep Your Client in Mind, the Ethics Will Follow

Chris O’Connell, Law Office of Christopher O’Connell Your phone rings. Being a solo or small firm lawyer, you answer it yourself. The caller, after an exchange of pleasantries, says, “My…